CHICAGO — Eight-year-old Colin Jamen has a way with chalk.
The Wheaton third-grader, using his family's driveway as a canvas, created a giant Blackhawks logo using only sidewalk chalk.
The artwork, which took 1½ hours to complete, was in honor of Colin's excitement for the Blackhawks' appearance in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, which continues Tuesday against the Wild in St. Paul.
"I've never drawn something that big with chalk, and I've never had so many people talk about my drawings," Colin, who attends Madison Elementary School, said via email. "I'm happy to know that so many people have liked this drawing."
Colin made the drawing on Saturday, a friend posted a photo of it that afternoon, and it quickly spread on social media.
"He is always drawing and his work is fantastic, but it was seeing the numbers of other people posting and 'liking' his photo that really hit home," said his mother, Megan Doherty Jamen.
Jamen, whose family moved to Wheaton from Norwood Park last summer, said "Colin has been drawing well for as long as I can remember."
"His teachers have always commented on his talent," she said. "He draws all sorts of sports logos and action shots as well as animals [like] eagles, hawks and tigers."
Colin's father, Pat Jamen, said seeing the reaction to Colin's drawing on social media "was a nice treat to see people enjoy what my wife and I have enjoyed for years."
"He has been drawing amazing pictures since he picked up a pencil," said Pat Jamen, who grew up in Montclare.
Game 3 of the teams' Western Conference semifinals is at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Hawks own a 2-0 series lead after winning the first two games at United Center.
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